Side Table Makeover (Amy Howard Paint & Dust of Ages)

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Hi sweet friends! It’s “trash to treasure” transformation Tuesday! I’ve been working through my stash of paints so I can write up a review/thoughts on all of them for you all. For today’s project, I used AMY HOWARD PAINT. (and her Dust of Ages too!)

I can’t wait to share what I think about it. ;)

Side Table Makeover - Amy Howard Paint & Dust of Ages - BEFORE -artsychicksrule #dustofages #amyhowardpaint

 

Here it is now…

Side Table Makeover - Amy Howard Paint & Dust of Ages - EASY MAKEOVER -artsychicksrule #dustofages #amyhowardpaint

Here’s the listing of products I used. I’m sharing affiliate links for them. You can read my full disclosure here.

M A T E R I A L S   L I S T : 

My husband and I were at a Saturday morning market a few weeks ago.
We happened to stumble across this little beauty….. (among a few other things I picked up! ;) )

Side Table Makeover - Amy Howard Paint & Dust of Ages - BEFORE -artsychicksrule #dustofages #amyhowardpaint

It needed a little (or a lot) of work but I loved the design.

I ended up getting it for $20.
A little more than I usually spend but that’s how it goes these days!

Side Table Makeover - Amy Howard Paint & Dust of Ages - BEFORE TOP -artsychicksrule #dustofages #amyhowardpaint

The top needed quite a bit of work.
I started by filling in some of the wood areas that were missing.
I then ended up having to glue down quite a bit of the wood laminate top….

Side Table Makeover - Amy Howard Paint & Dust of Ages - LOTS OF WORK NEEDED -artsychicksrule #dustofages #amyhowardpaint

It was really coming up all over.
I wanted to try to preserve it if I could. I really envisioned this table with a wood stained top, not painted.

Luckily, it worked out well.
I gave the top a light sand and applied some General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain to the top.
Once that was dry, I gave it a finish with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Satin.
Love that stuff!

Side Table Makeover - Amy Howard Paint & Dust of Ages - GENERAL FINISHES ANTIQUE WALNUT -artsychicksrule #dustofages #amyhowardpaint

Isn’t that amazing? (scroll back up and check out the “before” top photo again!)
It is SO easy to freshen up a piece of wood like this.
AND with minimal effort too!!

Side Table Makeover - Amy Howard Paint & Dust of Ages - GENERAL FINISHES ON TOP -artsychicksrule #dustofages #amyhowardpaint

Side Table Makeover - Amy Howard Paint & Dust of Ages - GENERAL FINISHES ANTIQUE WALNUT GEL STAIN -artsychicksrule #dustofages #amyhowardpaint

Now for the Amy Howard Paint…..

Side Table Makeover - Amy Howard Paint & Dust of Ages - SHOWING HOW PAINT SEPARATES -artsychicksrule #dustofages #amyhowardpaint

I used the color “Nottaway“,  a really pretty pale blue color.
As you can see above, the paint separates quite a bit.
There was a lot of liquid on the top when I opened it.
Shaking didn’t work (it was THICK) and stirring didn’t work much better, as you can see how I spilled it.
I did finally get it mixed up well enough though.
I’d say that’s the one negative…but not a big one.

Below left is the paint alone.
On the right is with the “Dust of Ages” applied over top.
The paint was a dream to use. Really. I loved it.

Side Table Makeover - Amy Howard Paint & Dust of Ages - BEFORE AND AFTER DUST -artsychicksrule #dustofages #amyhowardpaint

The Dust of Ages will take a bit of practice, as with most things.
I applied clear wax (I used Annie Sloan) and before it dries completely you apply the Dust of Ages.
It can be a bit challenging to get just the right “tackiness” so it will adhere properly but not too much.
However, I love it too! It was fun to use and watch it transform the paint.

Side Table Makeover - Amy Howard Paint & Dust of Ages - BEFORE AND AFTER DUST OF AGES -artsychicksrule #dustofages #amyhowardpaint

Hopefully you guys can see the difference in these photos.

Side Table Makeover - Amy Howard Paint & Dust of Ages - BEFORE & AFTER DUST -artsychicksrule #dustofages #amyhowardpaint

I didn’t sand to distress this wood. Instead, I let the Dust of Ages do the work of giving it an aged appearance.

Side Table Makeover - Amy Howard Paint & Dust of Ages - LOVE THESE PRODUCTS -artsychicksrule #dustofages #amyhowardpaint 2

Love this little table now…..

Side Table Makeover - Amy Howard Paint & Dust of Ages - AWESOME PAINT -artsychicksrule #dustofages #amyhowardpaint 1

Quick and super easy makeover with Amy Howard Paint and General Finishes products.

PIN this for later so you won’t forget! :)

Side Table Makeover - Amy Howard Paint & Dust of Ages - AWESOME PRODUCTS -artsychicksrule #dustofages #amyhowardpaint

Now let’s check out the “trash” my friends turned into treasures this month!

Trash to Treasure Transformations

  1. Prodigal Pieces
  2. Confessions of a Serial Do It Yourselfer
  3. Girl in the Garage
  4. Blesser House

If you want to see more of our “Trash to Treasure Transformations”, click here >>> Trash to Treasures

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Check in later this week to see what I did with this old bed! (a keeper!!)

UPDATE!!! See it now, here!!

Have a great week!!

xoxo

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31 Comments

    1. Thanks Christy!!! And yes, pull that stuff out and play! Remember how fun it was to use?! :)
      xo
      Nancy

  1. Love it! My question is what filler did you use that took the stain so nicely? I’ve only had as experiences with trying to stain filler, even the stainable brands.

    1. Hi Susie,

      I just used Elmer’s Wood Filler. It was two small, slim areas were wood was missing. The gel stain I linked does a good job of blending.:)
      Nancy

  2. If I had come across this piece I would have not attempted a makeover with the wood so damaged – glad to see how will it came out – you’re brave and you’ve got the skills! Very charming!

  3. Glad to hear your review of the Amy Howard paint. That’s what I’m going to use for my lower kitchen cabinets…..Good to know that it needs lots of stirring

    1. Oh you’ll love it Michelle! :) I can’t wait to use it again but yes, lots of stirring!
      Nancy

    2. Amy recommends that you turn the paint can upside down for about 30 minutes before using to let the minerals distribute more evenly. It’s a lot easier to stir then.

    1. Thanks Jen!! Yes, it’s neat stuff! I can’t wait to use it on something with lots of detail. :)
      xo
      Nancy

  4. That’s beautiful, Nancy! You know how I love those pieces with the stained tops! I have a hallway entry/sofa table that is in need of a makeover… I think this is what I will do!

    However, I’m confused about the Dust of Ages. I went to the Amazon link, but they don’t really give much information, I was able see a difference in your pictures, but I’m not exactly sure what I am seeing. Can you help a girl? Thank you! xo

    1. Hey Karen!!
      Thanks! :)
      Hmm, it really gives it a “dirtied up” aged appearance. lol I think it will work best with something that has deep detail.
      This product would bring out the detail perfectly. It sort of looks like the dust and such that naturally collects over years.
      Hope I explained that okay! Hard to describe! ;)
      xo
      Nancy

  5. Would you recommend the GF satin poly for wooden stairs in my house? Not sure the stain the man used. Would I be able to use GF gel stain over it to get a richer color then use the poly?
    Thanks
    Barbara Ann

    1. Hi Barbara,

      Yes, you should be able to. I would give a light sand over the entire surface and then apply. Let that dry well (24-48 hours) and then apply the high performance poly. I haven’t used the poly in that type of application however. I do love Varathane floor poly though! You could use that. It’s very hard and has worn very well on our wood floors.
      Hope this helps!!
      xo
      Nancy

  6. I have 2 of these little tables from my grandparents. Sanded one down and now see what I can do with them. Thanks.

  7. Great makeover! The Dust of Ages really does give this table base an aged look. I played with Amy Howard products at Haven and liked them but I don’t think that they are available in my area.

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